Player of the Game
DANNY GRANGER
Tried to bring the Pacers back, scoring 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting, adding six rebounds and two assists.
Plus-Minus
Name Game Season
Diener DNP -9
Dunleavy -3 -50
Ford DNP -203
Foster DNP -9
Granger +3 -57
Hansbrough DNP -56
Head DNP +35
Hibbert -22 -93
D. Jones -2 -168
S. Jones -5 -134
McRoberts DNP -13
Murphy +1 -243
Price -10 -3
Rush -14 -140
Watson -3 -69
Noteworthy
  • Granger picked up three fouls in the first 3½ minutes but finished the game with just four in 38 minutes.
  • Including 6-of-24 tonight, the Pacers have shot 19-of-79 (.241) from the 3-point line in their 3-game losing streak.
  • The Pacers allowed at least 100 points for the eighth straight game and 15th out of 16.
  • The starters were outscored (73-60) for the 10th straight game.
  • The Pacers played without Tyler Hansbrough (inner ear infection), Jeff Foster (back) and Luther Head (ankle).
  • Hustle Board
    Points in the paint:
    Magic 42, Pacers 30
    Fast-break points:
    Magic 32, Pacers 9
    Second-chance points:
    Magic 17, Pacers 10
    Points off turnovers:
    Magic 28, Pacers 21
    Starters scoring:
    Magic 73, Pacers 60
    Bench scoring:
    Pacers 38, Magic 36
    Stat of the Night
    For the eighth game in the last 15, the Pacers trailed by at least 20 points.
    Up Next
    The three-game road trip concludes Friday in Detroit against the Pistons (8 p.m., Fox Sports Indiana, 1070 The Fan).
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  • END RESULT
    Trailing by more than 20 points for most of the game and by 27 late in the third quarter, the Pacers found life with a small lineup and put together a 23-4 run to cut the deficit to eight points midway through the fourth. But they would get no closer as Orlando held on for a 109-98 victory Wednesday before a sellout of 17,461 at Amway Arena. Dwight Howard scored a season-high 32 for the Magic, while Danny Granger led the Pacers with 25.

    IMPACT
    The Pacers lost their third in a row to fall to 14-28 overall, 4-18 on the road. They also lost their fifth straight in Orlando. It was their 17th loss by double figures this season, third-most in the league and two more than all of last season. The Magic snapped a three-game losing streak and improved to 27-15 overall, 15-4 at home.

    QUOTEWORTHY
  • “Playing against Miami and Orlando is tough. We spotted them both huge leads. We got it within 10 tonight, but we gave up a couple of offensive rebounds.” -- Jim O'Brien.
  • “We struggle with a big lineup. A big lineup doesn’t work for us. We are better when we’re small. It is too slow. It doesn’t run, it doesn’t move, it doesn’t get up and down and it doesn’t defend on a high enough level.” -- O'Brien.

    KEY MOMENTS
    Repeating the trend that has doomed this season, the Pacers were steamrolled early as Orlando rolled up 40 points and a 20-point lead in the first quarter. The margin swelled to 29 (59-30) midway through the second and settled at 22 (68-46) at the break.

    Coach Jim O'Brien started a small lineup in the second half which fueled a brief surge as the Pacers opened the third quarter with a 10-3 run to close to 71-56 but the Magic recovered with a 21-9 run fueled by Howard (nine) and Rashard Lewis (10) to build a 92-65 lead.

    That's where the Pacers began their biggest move of the night, closing the third period with a 9-2 run and opening the third with three 3-pointers and a 3-point play in a 14-2 run that cut it to 96-88 with 6:34 remaining. Orlando stabilized the lead but Indiana had one more chance to apply real pressure when, trailing 103-94, Troy Murphy got an open look at a 3-pointer but missed the chance to cut it to six, Howard dunked at the other end and that was that.

    BY THE NUMBERS
    Granger was 9-of-19 from the field for his 25 points but remained out of synch from the arc, going 2-of-7 to extend his slump to 5-of-19 (.263) in the last three games. Murphy scored eight of his 17 in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 rebounds. Dahntay Jones scored 17 on 6-of-8 shooting off the bench. Mike Dunleavy scored 12 and Earl Watson 11.

    The Pacers shot .447 overall but were 6-of-24 from the arc and were dominated on the boards 50-35. They also had more turnovers (19) than assists (13) and were outscored 32-9 on fast-break points.

    Howard was 8-of-13 from the field and shot 16-of-24 from the line for his 32 points, adding 11 rebounds. In three games against the Pacers, he is 36-of-58 from the line (.621), averaging nearly 20 attempts. Lewis scored 18 with seven rebounds, Jason Williams 14 with nine assists and Matt Barnes had a yeoman game with 10 points, 16 rebounds, six assists and three steals. Orlando shot .493 overall and was 10-of-26 from the 3-point line.